Bengaluru’s CFR crosses 1.1%; highest since September | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The case fatality rate in Bengaluru has increased over the past week and crossed 1.1%. The February figure has been the highest for the past five months. A majority of the state’s Covid deaths are from Bengaluru and the overall fatality rate in Karnataka has increased to 1.3%.
The spike has led to concern and Covid technical advisory committee members point at the delay in death reporting. The data of many victims who died in Bengaluru in January were added to the bulletin in February second week. On February 16, the state reported six deaths, four from Bengaluru. While two had died in December 2020, two others had passed away in January 2021.

On February 12, the bulletin reported eight Covid deaths, of which seven occurred in Bengaluru in January.
BBMP: We’re collecting death data from multiple sources

Due to the delay in compiling data and reporting deaths, the bulletin is not reflecting today’s scenario. The high CFR seen now need not necessarily be a reflection of the current scenario. But this is definitely a concern,” said Dr MK Sudarshan, chairperson, Covid Technical Advisory Committee.
However, BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad said CFR appears to be high because the denominator is small now. “The average number of cases has not increased over the past two months, with the daily average around 200,” he said.
He added that delayed reporting of deaths is because of delay in receiving death reports or confirmation from hospitals. According to Rajendra Kumar Cholan, special commissioner, health, BBMP, the civic body has been collecting data of Covid deaths from crematoria and cross-checking them with hospitals. “We’re aware of seven deaths in January that were reported in February, due to delay in data entry from hospitals. We’re collecting data from multiple sources, including crematoria. There were a few isolated cases wherein Covid patients died at home after 2-3 days of discharge from hospital,” he said.
Cholan said updating Covid fatalities in the index app of the government has been slow from a few smaller hospitals which is leading to delay in reporting of deaths. “We’re reviewing the situation every week,” he said.

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